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25th Anniversary Season Opens This Weekend!

Cappella Romana 25th Anniversary Season

Cappella Romana 25th Anniversary Season

This Weekend: Opening Concerts of Cappella Romana’s 25th Anniversary Season!

Orthodox Music: Ancient & Modern

A reprise of Cappella Roman’s debut performance, which was given in 1991! The program includes selections from Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, rarely heard Byzantine chants from Constantinople, and Greek American choral works.

25th Anniversary Features in the News!

Pre-Concert Talk

Alexander Lingas
Orthodox Music & the Concert Hall: Some Reflections on the Last 25 Years
Dr. Alexander Lingas, Cappella Romana Founder and Artistic Director

Free 30-minute talks given one hour prior to each performance

Seattle
Friday 23 September, 7:30pm
St. James Cathedral
TICKETS

Portland
Saturday 24 September, 4:00pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
TICKETS

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A Night on the Aegean: 25th Anniversary Gala

Following Orthodox Music: Ancient & Modern the opening performance of Cappella Romana’s 2016-17 Season

Seattle
Friday, September 23, 2016
St. James Cathedral
804 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
TICKETS

Portland
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
TICKETS

Unable to be there in person?

Make a gift today in honor of our 25th Anniversary:

And follow along throughout the weekend with the #CR25 hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

The Oregonian Explores Cappella Romana’s History

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cr-featured-25thBrett Campbell explores Cappella Romana’s history in The Oregonian before this weekend’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations:

“When Alexander Lingas moved to San Francisco in 1990, the Greek Orthodox cathedral where he’d just been appointed associate cantor lay in ruins, devastated by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Lingas wanted to help the church rebuild – and the only contribution he could offer was music.

The Portland native had sung in his Greek Orthodox church, with local choir Cantores in Ecclesia and with the Portland State Chamber Choir. So he and his Portland musical friends piled into a van and headed south to perform a benefit concert. The church offered them lodging and a lavish, post-concert spaghetti dinner with freshly cured Greek olives.

After hearing the Northwesterners sing Greek Orthodox music from ancient Byzantium as well as contemporary Greek-American composers and more, nearly 300 listeners donated money for cathedral reconstruction. Lingas and friends decided to keep making music.…” —Brett Campbell, The Oregonian

Read the full piece on OregonLive.com

Orthodox Music: Ancient & Modern

25th Anniversary Celebration!

Orthodox Music: Ancient And Modern

A reprise of Cappella Romana’s 1991 début performance, including selections from the Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil, rarely heard Byzantine chants from Constantinople, and Greek American choral works.

Seattle
Friday 23 September, 7:30pm
St. James Cathedral

TICKETS

Followed by A Night on the Aegean Gala Reception

Portland
Saturday 24 September, 4:00pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

TICKETS

Followed by A Night on the Aegean Gala Dinner & Auction

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A Night on the Aegean: 25th Anniversary Gala

Following Orthodox Music: Ancient & Modern the opening performance of Cappella Romana’s 2016-17 Season

Seattle
Friday, September 23, 2016
St. James Cathedral
804 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
TICKETS

Portland
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
TICKETS

Liège Performance On Demand!

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Cappella Romana’s 3 September concert in Liège of cultural encounters between Venice and its Greek colonies is now available courtesy of Belgian Radio’s on-demand Musiq3 Service:

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Il Giornale Della Musica Reviews Utrecht Early Music Festival

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An Utrecht Early Music Festival mention for Cappella Romana in the Italian outlet Il Giornale Della Musica:

“The connection of the Republic of Venice with the Adriatic, and more generally, Mediterranean, world was well represented by an interesting concert of the ensemble Cappella Romana, directed by Alexander Lingas, centered on the presence of the liturgical Byzantine chant and the affinity between the Easter services in Greek and in Latin rites.”

See the full review

Portland Gala Speakers Announced!

RSVP A Night on the Aegean

RSVP A Night on the Aegean

RSVP today for A Night on the Aegean!

Purchase tickets online or call 503.236.8202

RSVPs welcome as long as space is available or until Sept. 19th

Portland Gala Guest Speakers:

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Fr. John Bakas

Dean of the Cathedral of St. Sophia in Los Angeles, CA
Founder of Camp AGAPE ‘Kids ‘n Cancer’ program

President of the Valley Children’s Hospital Foundation in Fresno, CA

Professor of Greek Orthodox Theology at Loyola Marymount University

Appears on Cappella Romana’s recording, Tikey Zes: The Divine Liturgy

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The Honorable Charles & Nancy Hales, Gala Chairs

Mayor Charlie Hales
Mayor of Portland

Former Portland City Council member

Nancy Hales
First Lady of Portland

Director of First Stop Portland

Alexander Lingas

Dr. Alexander Lingas

Founder & Artistic Director, Cappella Romana

Reader in Music at City University, London

Fellow of Oxford’s European Humanities Research Centre

Fulbright and Onassis grant recipient

Winner of the St. Romanos the Melodist medallion of the National Forum for Greek Orthodox Church Musicians

A Night on the Aegean: 25th Anniversary Gala

Following Orthodox Music: Ancient & Modern the opening performance of Cappella Romana’s 2016-17 Season

Seattle
Friday, September 23, 2016
St. James Cathedral
804 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
TICKETS

Portland
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
TICKETS

Win the Trip of a lifetime at A Night on the Aegean

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Join us for A Night on the Aegean Cappella Romana’s 25th Anniversary Gala!

Seattle: Friday, September 23rd at St. James Cathedral following the Cappella Romana performance

Portland: Saturday, September 24th at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral following the Cappella Romana performance

The Honorable Charles & Nancy Hales, Chairs

  • Remarks by The Honorable Charles & Nancy Hales (in Portland), and other special guests
  • Live Auction (Portland only)
  • Special Appeal, to support Cappella Romana’s Annual Fund
  • Gourmet Catering and Fine Wines
  • Live Folk Music by Trichordo

Auction Items Sneak Peek! (Live Auction in Portland Only)

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Beachfront Paradise in Cabo San Lucas
A week’s stay in a suite at Cabo’s Hacienda del Mar Resort, where you can relax in spectacular style and luxury on your private balcony or terrace, and in the Resort’s charming gardens and pools.Hacienda del Mar is nestled along the coastline among five-star restaurants, upscale shopping, and world-class golf courses.

Donated by Nancy and Jim Retsinas.

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Vacation in the Greek Archipelago
A week’s stay overlooking the Mediterranean in this beautiful home in Lindos, on the island of Rhodes, Greece. Explore white-washed villas, ambling cobblestone streets, and ancient archeological wonders just outside your doorstep.Donated by Guy and Ann Protheroe.

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Alaska Airlines Tickets
Plan your dream trip with roundtrip airfare for two to the destination of your choice!Escape to Hawaii, explore beautiful New England, spend the holidays with family, or customize your perfect trip with completely unrestricted tickets to anywhere in Alaska’s extensive network.
Donated by Alaska Airlines.

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A Christopher Burkett Original + Studio Tour
‘Pink Floating Leaves’
A 20×24″ archivally-framed print, signed by the artist. Includes a private tour of Christopher Burkett’s studio and darkroom in Milwaukie, OR.American landscape photographer Christopher Burkett (winner of the Hasselblad Masters Award) makes every print himself using traditional optical methods from 8×10″ transparencies.

Donated by Ruth and Christopher Burkett.

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Join Cappella Romana for a day!
Join the ranks of Cappella Romana on stage to sing the dress rehearsal of Handel’s Messiah with Portland Baroque Orchestra. As a member of the choir for a day, join the musicians for post-rehearsal social time at a location tbd. Musical score provided.Includes invitation for up to four guests to attend and watch the dress rehearsal (Dec. 7) plus four premium tickets to attend a live performance (Dec. 9-12).

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Kyrie for Saint Hilarion in London

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Video from Cappella Romana’s performance of the Kyrie for Saint Hilarion at St. Giles-Cripplegate in London on 1 July, 2016 in a concert sponsored by City University (London):

Festival de Namur: Time Travel With Cappella Romana

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Many thanks to Kerry McCarthy for translating this wonderful review from Crescendo Magazine! Click here to read the original review.

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Festival de Namur: Time Travel With Cappella Romana

By Aline Giaux, IMEP reporter

Cappella Romana: Cyprus, dir. Alexander Lingas

Cappella Romana gave an extraordinary concert this Monday, July 4, at the Namur Festival. This chamber ensemble from the west coast of the United States (Portland, Oregon) offered a selection of medieval and renaissance Cypriot music, combining the polyphonic Christian songs of the Greek East and the Latin West. These specialists in their field highlighted the creative richness of the era as well as the diversity of Orthodox and Catholic music. The program was a joy for musicologists and sparked the interest of all through the magic of the surroundings and the performance. Since these chants require more reverberant acoustics than that of the church of Saint-Loup in Namur, the festival relocated temporarily to the abbey church of Floreffe. The room was set up so that the listeners were turned toward the back of the church, where they could see part of the Chagall exhibition (which continues until October 2.) In this way, they were able to benefit from both a large acoustical space and an intimate physical space.

Although the program was very specialized, it was anything but monotonous. On the contrary, it took us by the hand and plunged us into a universe which we would never have imagined to be so interesting. The vocal drone, steady and mesmerizing, seemed to perfume the air with incense and myrrh as complex and ornamented phrases rubbed against it. The voices mingled and rejoined, often in a stunning fashion. The most puzzling detail for the modern ear was doubtless the use of an unequal temperament, creating harmonic colors that are rarely heard nowadays. Recall that equal temperament, the division of the octave into 12 equal semitones, did not become popular until the baroque era, simplifying the tuning of certain instruments but leading to the loss of the “colors” specific to each tonality. The ten singers, with their rich and firmly anchored timbre, showed great expertise in sustaining a completely a cappella concert, with a beautiful cohesion at the heart of the group and a presence which kept the audience holding their breath until the end. A discovery we will not forget.

Cappella Romana will return to Liège for the Nuits de Septembre with their program “Venice in the East” (on September 3 at the Church of St. Denis.)

Einojuhani Rautavaara 1928-2016. Memory eternal

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In his memory, Cappella Romana will perform his All-Night Vigil in January 2017, directed by Finnish conductor Timo Nuoranne who has championed the music of Rautavaara for his entire career.

Details on The Washington Post

Below is a recording of Timo Nuoranne conducting the All-Night Vigil with the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir:

Cappella Romana on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune

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Cappella Romana started the 2016 European Tour in London, but before the St. Giles Cripplegate performance, they stopped by BBC Radio 3 for an appearance on the “In Tune” program!

Listen to the full broadcast

Watch a clip from the studio performance: